GREEN INITIATIVES: A BETTER LIFE AND ENVIRONMENT
THE 2021 MGA KWENTONG KLIMA-LIKASAN TUNGO SA KATATAGAN: CLIMATE AND DISASTER RESILIENCE AWARDS SPECIAL CITATION FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
Zia N. Sagoso
Zia’s environmental journey started when she was in high school. Throughout the years, she has led and attended environmental projects and activities such as land and coastal clean-up drives, tree growing, Mangrove planting, environmental symposiums, plenaries, camps, leadership trainings and awareness campaigns. “Adopt A River Project” is one of her notable initiatives which she started in February 2017. In March 2019, she implemented its 2nd phase by planting 100 Bamboo propagules solicited from DENR CENRO General Santos City. Another initiative is the Mangrove on the MOVE: Mitigating climate change, Obstructing storm surge, Valorizing marine life and Embarking mangrove mass growing. It was an effort to rehabilitate mangrove ecosystems back to their productive ecosystems which provide numerous good and services both to the marine environment and people. Zia also launched her vermicomposting project “Shoot the Plastic Bottle Cage” and solid waste management campaign through the “Eco-Room-to-Room Campaign” in September 2016 and June 2018 respectively.
Throughout her journey, she learned that you do not get tired when you love what you do. Zia wanted to fulfill her desires of helping her community and environment through the leadership skills which were molded from years of acquired learnings and experiences. She is a reminder that every organism is important and we, humans, who are the highest intellectual beings, should do our part to save, protect, conserve and preserve everyone’s life.
THE 2021 MGA KWENTONG KLIMA-LIKASAN TUNGO SA KATATAGAN: CLIMATE AND DISASTER RESILIENCE AWARDS FIRST PLACE WINNER
Local Government Unit of Botolan, Zambales
Thirty years after the infamous Mt. Pinatubo eruption, various social and economic structures and environmental conditions of Botolan are again thriving efficiently towards sustainable development. Several programs have been initiated in order to achieve environmental sustainability such as:
• Fabrication and Installation of Artificial Reef with Coral Transplantation
• Botolan initiated an installation of artificial reefs (AR) in 8 coastal barangays since 2008 to improve fish production.
• Mangrove and Forest Reforestation
• For several years, the LGU-Botolan supports the mangrove and forest planting activities as well as urban greening
• Solid Waste Management
• LGU-Botolan has enacted a resolution regulating the use of plastics and styrofoams in the municipality. Aside from this, they also implemented the “Basura Mo, Palit Mo” program wherein a one (1) kilo of plastic wastes can be exchanged with one (1) kilo of rice.
• Trash-to-Art Contest: Turn your Trash into Art
• Due to the home quarantine imposed on 2020, the LGU-Botolan challenged its constituents to bring out their creative ideas on how to make household waste into something that is valuable and artistic.
The Municipality of Botolan proved that women empowerment is essential, not only in their own families, but also in the community for socio-economic development and environmental sustainability. Mayor Doris E. Maniquiz, a three-termer Municipal Mayor of Botolan, Vice Mayor Doris D. Ladines, two-termer Vice Mayor, Rosario C. Aguilar, a six-year Municipal Administrator, are the empowered women behind these programs; to blaze the trail and to leave a path for others to follow.
THE 2021 MGA KWENTONG KLIMA-LIKASAN TUNGO SA KATATAGAN: CLIMATE AND DISASTER RESILIENCE AWARDS SPECIAL CITATION WINNER FOR ECOLOGICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT
IAN CHESTER SOLVER
For more than 4 years, Ian, with the help of his fellow youth, has been conducting several public awareness campaigns and programs to highlight the importance of addressing the climate and disaster risks and environmental protection in his community such as Eco Brisk Making, Tree planting Activity, Urban Gardening Project, and Eco-Friendly Plates made in “Bao”.
He said these campaigns will inform his community not only about sustainable practices, but also on natural resources conservation and restoration of degraded areas and spaces. He hopes that this will inspire other young people to undertake similar initiatives in other Barangays in their Municipality.
MARK DAVID DE GUZMAN
Since 2016, Mark has a burning spirit for environmental conservation and protection. This is fueled by his drive to ensure future generations will enjoy Earth’s natural resources, especially its wildlife. He started to envision One Pawikan by engaging in different kinds of environmental advocacies and campaigns such as native tree-planting activities, forest cleanup drives, coastal cleanup drives, marine turtle release, and environmental awareness speakership.
He explained that Marine Turtles are a fundamental link in our marine ecosystems which provides immeasurable ecosystem services like the maintenance of seagrass beds and coral reefs, dune stabilization, etc. He also elaborated that there many ways that we can help on the conservation and protection of marine turtles. People can start by raising awareness, protecting their habitats, lessening the use of plastics, among others. Mark together with other environmentalist individuals and groups invite us to act and participate in the conservation and protection of these creatures.
PERCILITO CAAYON TILLOR
Since the adoption of Purok System in the City of Bogo, Percilito has been leading the community members of their purok in adopting the Sustainable Development Goals. This Purok Sustainable Development Goals (PSDG) is a framework where the purok (zone) determine future challenges and plans for the betterment of the community. Using the framework, an action plan is developed to make the goals of the purok successful and effective.
Aside from this, they conduct clean-up activities, practice recycling and composting, and backyard gardening in their purok. The Purok created two (2) official websites for showing how the purok system works, and for free tutorial sessions for the poor students in their community. Some members of the community are also volunteers in different activities and trainings such as Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment, Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Planning, and Standard First Aid.